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About Us

Fourth Avenue Gospel Building, Inc.

Fourth Avenue Gospel Building, Inc. (Fourth Ave Gospel) is a registered 501(c)3 public religious charity established in 1972. At that time, the church building was located on Fourth Avenue in Maywood, IL. Although Fourth Ave moved from that location in 1977, it has continued with the original corporate name.

The name “Plymouth Brethren Christian Church” was adopted to use as the main name in the daily Church operations, which is in line with the name used globally for the Church. The principals of Fourth Ave Gospel are members of the local PBCC congregation, and include longtime residents, citizens, and businesspeople who have supported their communities through small businesses, civic and social involvement, and charitable work.

Plymouth Brethren Christian Church

The Plymouth Brethren Church is a global Christian fellowship with a community of more than 50,000 members worldwide. It traces its roots to Plymouth, England, where its first gatherings began in 1829. The PBCC preaches a gospel of grace, godliness, and giving. Congregants live, work, and pray as ‘Brethren’—a community of families held together by common Christian belief.

PBCC fosters family through its innovative school system —  OneSchool Global — and serves the communities it lives in charitably through its Rapid Relief Team volunteer arm.

OneSchool Global

OneSchool GlobalOneSchool Global is an innovative, cutting-edge school with over 120 campuses in 20 countries. There is no religious instruction at OneSchool Global. In all of its jurisdictions, it follows a curriculum and set of academic requirements that is approved by the state, including here in Illinois.

With a focus on technology, self-directed learning, and teacher education, OneSchool Global challenges outdated educational models and produces life-ready students who know how to learn.

OneSchool Global was established by members of the PBCC for students and families of the Church community and is supported by volunteers from the congregation. However, it recruits and hires teachers, administrators, and support staff from all walks of life.

It places a premium on training, and its in-house teacher academy provides teacher training programs that are second to none. Present and former employees consistently report a supportive, uplifting work environment, with small class sizes and proven academic performance.

Rapid Relief Team

Rapid Relief TeamThe Rapid Relief Team (RTT) was established by the PBCC in 2013 as a charitable volunteer force. The RRT embodies the Church’s principles of care and compassion by deploying thousands of Church volunteers to serve communities in their time of need.

RRT volunteers have responded to fires, droughts, natural disasters, and other emergencies around the world, providing food, supplies, and further support.

Community Contributions

Over the past decade, the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church (PBCC), through its local Rapid Response Team program, has pitched in with hundreds of volunteers and financial support for families in times of tragedy and need across the greater Chicagoland region. From fires to shootings to simple holiday fundraisers, RRT has invested in the communities that its members live in, embodying what it means to be a member of the PBCC.

2022 Fire in Bartlett

When a fire broke out in February 2022 at a document storage warehouse in the Northwest suburb of Bartlett, the RRT responded immediately — in the words of the Bartlett Fire Chief, RRT “[was] out here as long as we’ve been out here.”

2022 Highland Park Shooting

A tragic mass shooting disrupted Highland Park, IL’s July Fourth celebration in 2022. RRT volunteers provided first responders with support, sympathy, and hot meals as the community began the long path towards healing.

2021 Rockton Chemical Plant Fire

In June of 2021, a chemical plant caught fire in Rockton, IL, causing a chemical explosion and forcing the evacuation of nearby homes. RRT responded — helping first responders, community members, and all those affected by the fires, earning recognition in local news in the process.
PBCC has been a good neighbor and its parishioners have been good friends to many in South Barrington and in surrounding communities.
Rapid Relief Team member serving food at an RRT event
PBCC children posing with flags
PBCC families enjoying an outdoor picnic